Following are the courses being offered in the Summer 2017 semester. Please check the online class schedule listing for the most accurate scheduling information.

300-Level Courses

TR 5:20 - 7:20 p.m.
Instructor: Quinlan
This course is intended to help you to:
  1. read poetry, drama, fiction, and criticism closely and confidently;
  2. do research using UAB databases;
  3. write thesis-driven essays in an informed scholarly context;
  4. acquire competence with writing style and MLA format;
  5. understand basic literary terms & theoretical approaches to academic analysis; and
  6. become familiar with departmental offerings & career opportunities.

400/500-Level Courses

TR 10:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
Instructor: Jessee
One of the most important and exciting things about American literature written after 1945 is the addition to the canon of a range of diverse voices. In much greater numbers, writers with various racial, ethnic, gender, sexual, and class experiences entered the dominant conversation about what it means to be an American. The diversity of the American reading public grew, as well, and readers were able to glimpse worlds vastly different than their own despite a seemingly monolithic nationality.

In this class, we will read texts that focus on coming of age in America in diverse ways. We will analyze novels that grapple with how losing one’s innocence is related to gaining one’s identity, and we will discuss the ways these novels both reflect and inform our understanding of how the American identity is created in vastly different ways for different people.

The course will require students to complete frequent quizzes, three take-home exams, and a digital presentation.

A tentative list of required texts:
  • Richard Wright, Rite of Passage (written ca. 1945)
  • J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye (1951)
  • Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar (1963)
  • Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye (1970)
  • Leslie Marmon, Silko Ceremony (1977)
  • Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses (1992)
  • Octavia Butler, Fledgling (2005)
W 4:50 - 8:50 p.m.
Instructor: Quinlan
The Harlem Renaissance was a major movement in all of the arts — music, literature, painting — in the first half of the 20th century. In literature, it included the work of Alain Locke, James Weldon Johnson, Claude McKay, W. E. B. Du Bois, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Countee Cullen, Jean Toomer, Nella Larsen, and numerous others. In its era, the movement’s innovations were appealing and controversial, exciting and disruptive for both black and white cultures.

Here we look at the African American experience as it was represented by the aforementioned writers, at the same time keeping in mind the interactive influences of white writers such as Eugene O’Neill, Gertrude Stein, and William Faulkner, the racial hostilities of the time, and the Renaissance’s mixed reception in more traditional black communities. We will also focus on how this material might be taught in a variety of classroom contexts.